In New Zealand, there is no direct equivalent to the US-style class action. However, there are a few procedures by which collective or representative actions can be brought before our courts. With the Court of Appeal’s recent approval of ‘opt-out’ procedures in New Zealand, class-type proceedings look to be taking root. Parker & Associates is one of only a handful of law firms that specialise in bringing them to court.
Some class actions are funded by the claimant group; others are funded by litigation funding, which involves a third-party agreeing to fund the claim in return for a fee if the claim is successful. We have dealt with both.
A class action improves access to justice by allowing a group of people with sufficiently similar interests to make a claim against a powerful defendant/s, like a pharmaceutical company, product manufacturer or the government. If you’re wondering how to start a class action in New Zealand, the first step is to talk to a specialist law firm for class actions – such as Parker & Associates - to see if your claim is feasible. Our class action experts are available to provide information and advice that helps you to decide whether to go ahead with a class action suit or to pursue another avenue for resolution.
There’s a lot of work involved with bringing a class action to court, including research, analysis and the time-consuming task of finding members for the plaintiff group or securing funder support. Because our firm has a strong track record with class actions, we know how to bring a class action to fruition cost-effectively and within a reasonable time frame.
Our law service for class actions extends to product liability claims, public-sector claims, financial services claims, employment claims, construction claims, insolvency-related claims, securities claims, privacy and cross-border and multi-jurisdictional claims.